In this seminar/workshop, students will learn every facet of late night comedy writing, including monologue, desk pieces and remotes, with the goal of becoming technically proficient, confident and comfortable submitting material to various late night television programs. Whether it's Letterman, Leno, or Maher, students will come away with the knowledge of how to write in any host's voice (something with which Mr. Abelson is quite familiar, as he has written for all three). The practical side of the business will be covered, as well-- how to work the writers room, pitching, getting an agent, taking meetings and of course, how to get staffed in late night comedy/talk/variety.
Gabe Abelson Politically Incorrect
The Tonight Show
GABE ABELSON spent 4-1/2 years as the head writer for "Late Show with David Letterman", garnering five Emmy nominations and three Writer´s Guild nominations. After his years at Letterman, he also worked as a staff writer at various network late night shows, including "Politically Incorrect with Bill Maher" (ABC), The Tonight Show with Jay Leno (NBC), "The Late, Late Show with Craig Kilborn" (CBS), "Lopez Tonight" (TBS) in addition to having served as the producer / head writer for "The New Tom Green Show" (MTV). Gabe is also an accomplished stand-up comedian and actor, having toured the country and appearing on such shows as "Late Night With Conan O´Brien", "The MTV Half-Hour Comedy Hour" (3 appearances), "Caroline´s Comedy Hour" (2 appearances), as well as numerous national commercials. EPK